1. Be a feather-feet driver
By respecting speed limits you’re not only avoiding a ticket and demerit points, but you’re also doing your part to help make roads safer for everyone. Pay attention to the speed limit signs and get into the habit of slowing down when you make turns to have better control of your car.
2. Keep your eyes on the road
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. To stay safe, don't fiddle with your car's touchscreen, and don't eat or use your cellphone when you're driving.
3. Stay Zen
Give yourself enough time to get where you’re going—you won’t have to worry about arriving late and there will be less temptation to exceed the limit. This will reduce the risk of accidents and help you cut down on hard breaking and fast acceleration, which in turn saves you gas.
4. Keep your distance
From other cars
Drive defensively and be aware of the other cars on the road. Always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you more time to react, so you won’t have to brake suddenly.
From heavy vehicles
Heavy vehicles have longer braking distances and wider blind spots than passenger vehicles. If there’s a heavy vehicle behind you, put your turn signal on well in advance and leave extra space for the driver to brake safely.
5. Share the road
Pay attention to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and be respectful towards them. You should always be courteous.
Yield to pedestrians
Look out for crosswalks and stop as soon as you see a pedestrian step into a crosswalk or if they look like they’re about to cross.
Follow the right-of-way rules at intersections
Stay alert when approaching an intersection. Stop your vehicle before the stop line and give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
Take advantage of your good driving habits
Car insurers are keen to reward good driving behaviours. Telematics programs such as our Ajusto® program offer you a more personalized premium, meaning that your good driving could save you money.
File a claim after a car accident
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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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